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NR on the Prairie
Yesterday, my wife, a fan since childhood of the Little House on the Prairie series, visited the home of its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in rural Mansfield in the Missouri Ozarks. The home is preserved exactly as it was the day Mrs. Wilder died in 1957, right down to the books on the bookshelves and the magazines on the chairside lamp table beside the easy chair next to the fireplace. The most prominently displayed magazine was National Review, which looked to be from the 1950s.

Being a reader of National Review since 1980 or so, I found this interesting, and thought you might also.

Charles O’Farrell
Springfield, Mo.


The Din of Dinner
I enjoyed Richard Brookhiser’s article,“The Rest Is Silence,” in the October 14 issue. It reminded me of a conversation a friend and I had after trying to find a restaurant where we could not only eat but hold a conversation — something that is becoming more and more difficult to find. She mentioned reading recently that the loud music levels and the lack of sound insulation were part of a plan to keep patrons moving through the establishment — the less conversation, the more quickly people finish eating and the next group can be seated. I have no idea if it is really part of a plan, but it makes sense for the restaurant owners. I continue to watch for nice places in the mid-price range where a group of friends can enjoy a meal together while visiting.

Marlene Rowland
Jefferson City, Mo.


“The Cuccinelli Comeback” (Jim Geraghty, September 30) asserted that E. W. Jackson won Virginia’s lieutenant-governor nomination in a six-way race. In fact, there were seven candidates in the primary: Jackson, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, Scott Lingamfelter, Steve Martin, Corey Stewart, Susan Stimpson, and Pete Snyder.

In the Letters section of the October 14 issue, Ras Smith wrote in response to Jim Talent’s “The Army You Haven’t” (September 16) that there are four, not three, military services in the U.S. “The United States Coast Guard is considered a military service only in times of combat,” Smith wrote. Actually, 14 USC § 1 establishes the Coast Guard as a “military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times.” The other four military services — the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force — fall under the Department of Defense at all times, whereas the United States Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and under the Department of Navy during wartime or at the president’s discretion. Let it be known that there are five active-duty military services, and we’re grateful for all of them.

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